End Violence Against Women and Girls

The UN International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls takes place on 25 November.  It is followed by 16 days of Action ending on the 10th December. The Violence Reduction Unit have been working in partnerships with a number of local organisations including the BME forum, RASASC, Rise Mutual and BCWA and the Council’s Policy and Communities team to put on a calendar of events to raise awareness of domestic abuse and other violence against women and girls. 

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:

  • Intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);
  • Sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
  • Human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
  • Female genital mutilation; and
  • Child marriage.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
  • Emerging data shows an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines in many countries since the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited.

In 2020, COVID-19 touched our lives in nearly every way. As isolation began, reports of all forms of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, began to rise. Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Here are ten ways you can make a difference, safely and impactful. Clink here to learn how.

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